Playgrounds

Indian Trail Park PlaygroundDPR manages 56 playgrounds throughout the City! Playgrounds provide a safe place for children to play, connect, and learn.

Playground Safety Tips

Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe play:

  • Adult supervision is recommended. Active supervision can prevent playground injuries.
  • Choose play equipment that is appropriate for the child’s age. Follow posted signs indicating appropriate age.
  • Check the area for hazards before allowing children to play, i.e. broken equipment, broken glass, trip hazards. If you find a hazard, please do not allow your child to play near or around it. Please report any hazards to Michelle Burger, 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.
  • Remove helmets before playing on playground. Avoid wearing scarves, drawstrings, or other types of clothing that could get caught on equipment and become a strangulation hazard.
  • Check to make sure equipment isn’t too hot! Play equipment that is in the sun can get very hot.
  • Keep small children from putting pieces of playground mulch into their mouths.
  • As with visiting any public spaces, wash hands after playing on the playground, and especially before eating.

Playground Replacements

Northgate Park

A new swing set will be added to Northgate Park, which currently only has toddler swings. The small toddler playground was replaced in early October with a similar structure for ages 2-5.

Edgemont Park

The playground at Edgemont Park is now open for play!

Edgemont Park Playground - Before Replacement

Edgemont Park Playground Equipment (Before Replacement)

Edgemont Park Playground - After Replacement

Edgemont Park Playground - After

Elmira Avenue Park

The playground at Elmira Avenue Park is now open for play!

Elmira Avenue Park Playground - Before Replacement

Elmira Avenue Park Playground - Before Replacement

Elmira Avenue Park Playground - After Replacement

Elmira Avenue Park Playground Equipment

Playground Closures & Repairs


White Oak Park Playground Closed

Play equipment will be removed from White Oak Park. The playground has been closed since August 2016 due to safety concerns. Continuous flooding and erosion of the land near the playground has made this location unsuitable for replacement of the equipment. Residents are encouraged to visit nearby playgrounds at Rockwood Park and Hillside Park.

Playground Features


Park Recommended Age for Play Structures Swings - Standard Swings - Toddler (Bucket Swing) Special Features
American Village Park 2-12 Yes Yes Sand pit
Bay-Hargrove Park 2-12 Yes Yes
Bethesda Park* 2-12 Yes No Tire swing, boulder
Burch Avenue Park* 2-12 Yes Yes Shaded
Burton Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
C.M. Herndon Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes No
C.R. Woods Park 2-12 Yes Yes
Campus Hills Park 2-5, 5-12 No No
Cook Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Cornwallis Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Crest Street Park 5-12 Yes No
Drew / Granby Park 2-12 Yes Yes
Duke Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Durham Central Park 5-12 No No Skate park
East Durham Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
East End Park 5-12 No No Sprayground (seasonal)
Edgemont Park 5-12 Yes No
Elmira Avenue Park 5-12 No No
Forest Hills Park 5-12 Yes Yes Sprayground (seasonal)
Garrett Road Park 5-12 No No Tire swing
Grant Park (North) 2-5 No No
Hillside Park 5-12 No No
Holt School Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes Shaded, Nature Trail
Indian Trail Park 2-5, 5-12 No No Shaded, Fitness Trail
Lakeview Park 2-5 No No
Long Meadow Park 5-12 Yes Yes
Lyon Park 5-12 Yes Yes
Maplewood Park* 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Morreene Road Park* 2-12 Yes Yes Accessible playground
Northgate Park 2-5, 5-12 Coming soon! Yes
Oakwood Park 2-5, 5-12 No No Tire swing
Old Chapel Hill Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Old Farm Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Old North Durham Park 5-12 No No
Orchard Park 2-12 Yes Yes
Oval Drive Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Piney Wood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Red Maple Park 5-12 Yes No
River Forest Park 5-12 Yes No
Rock Quarry Park (at Edison Johnson Recreation Center) 5-12 Yes No Sprayground (seasonal)
Rockwood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Rocky Creek Park 2-5 Yes Yes Shaded
Shady Oaks Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Sherwood Park* 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Solite Park 5-12 Yes Yes
Trinity Park* 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Twin Lakes Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Unity Village Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes No
Valley Springs Park 2-5, 5-12 No No
W.D. Hill Recreation Center* 5-12 No No
Walltown Park* 2-5, 5-12 No No Tire swing
Weaver Street Park* 5-12 Yes No
Westover Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes Boulder
Whippoorwill Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Wrightwood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes

*park is surrounded by a fence